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How to get the most out of couples therapy

(Sex Therapy, Couples Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Family Therapy)

How to get the most out of couples therapy: you have made an important choice: to invest in the improvement of your relationship. By developing appropriate expectations and following a few suggestions, your investment in couples therapy can reap great rewards. This document is designed to help you get the most benefit from our work together. Read More…

Bring Romance Back Into Your Relationship

If you’re in a longer-term relationship, you likely have longed for the feelings that were present in the beginning, when it was new, intriguing, exciting. You may wonder if you’re with the right person, since you no longer light up at the sight of your partner. You may even be ready to end your relationship because it has become regular, predictable, and yes – even a little boring. Not so fast. Read More…

Healing After the Affair

Discomfort drifted in slowly for Melanie.  She first noticed John’s secrecy with his emails and text messages.  Then came the late nights at work or the gym.  She sensed emotional distance, less eye contact, less touching, and a dramatic drop in sex.  She wondered if all this was due to fatigue—two kids, two jobs, no time.  Until she got the call. Read More…

Love Addiction

I would dial the numbers

Just to listen to your breath

I would stand inside my hell

And hold the hand of death Read More…

Erectile Dysfunction (e.g. Impotence)

If, for the last three months, you have experienced an inability to attain / sustain an erection sufficient for a satisfactory sexual experience and it bothers you (or your partner) then you meet the definition of having “An Erectile Dysfunction.” The term erectile dysfunction (ED), is frequently used by professionals because it is more precise than simply calling the problem ‘impotence’ impotence, includes not only the above definition of an ED but is also refers to a man being sterile and/or a man having a penis that lacks strength and vigor. Read More…

MOVIE THERAPY By Kay Allen, LPC

RLPG’s  “Movie Therapy” blog is a review of a film that has a “therapeutic” message.  My reviews will highlight psychological dynamics in the characters.  The film can be viewed by the reader, and if emotional stuff hits home, therapy may be considered to assist readers in working through their own issues. Read More…

Couple’s Therapy for Lesbian Relationships

Couple’s therapy for Lesbian relationships is similar in many ways to that for heterosexuals: training in communications and conflict resolution skills, anger management, addressing interactive maladaptive patterns, and processing underlying issues causing conflict.  Conflict can arise from daily life stressors such as finances and running a household, parenting concerns, intimacy issues involving emotional and sexual closeness, and past baggage related to prior relationships in both childhood and adulthood that gets projected into the current  mate. Read More…

Anxiety: Symptoms and Treatment

Suddenly you’re overcome with an intense fear or sense of gloom. You feel as though you want to run, but don’t know why. You’re restless, unable to sit still. Your sleep may be interrupted, or you may suddenly startle during sleep. Your heart may race and pound, you may perspire, and you may feel faint. You find yourself worrying constantly over one or several matters. You may experience headaches, trembling, and breathlessness. You may be able to go to work or go about your daily tasks, but you are almost in a constant state of worry and tension. All of these symptoms and more can be symptoms of anxiety. Read More…

Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy

If you or a loved one is struggling with sleepless nights, sadness, constant worry or fear, frustration, lack of focus, panic attacks or even chronic discomfort, mindfulness-based psychotherapy can be of help. Through mindfulness-based psychotherapy one can learn the skills and practices to cope with life’s challenges, manage the stress of daily living, find focus, and calm unsettling thoughts, feelings and sensations. Read More…

Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. Marriage counseling helps couples — married or not — recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship or, in some cases, going your separate ways. Read More…